In George Orwell’s 1945 allegorical novel, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, lead a revolt against Mr. Jones to take-over the farm which they rename “Animal Farm.” While attempting to establish a utopia they think humans failed to create for them, Snowball and Napoleon establish the Seven Commandments of Animalism with the 7th and most important being “All animals are equal.”
In the subsequent struggles for power, the pigs take-over and Napoleon runs-off Snowball and declares himself the leader. Over the years, the pigs began to resemble the humans they once detested and the seven commandments are ultimately reduced to a single phrase, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
Our nation’s obsession with civil rights is beginning to make some special interests groups more equal than others. The current debate in Arizona over the right of a baker to refuse service to a person with whom he disagrees illustrates this.
If a merchant refuses service on personal, religious convictions, it is considered offensive, bigoted, and unlawful:
- Arizona bill letting businesses deny service for religious reasons sparks heated debate
- 6 Proposals Denying Service to Gays You Haven’t Heard About
However, if a gay person refuses service to another based on a difference in beliefs, it’s considered heroic:
- Gay hair stylist drops New Mexico governor as client because she opposes same-sex marriage
- Antonio Darden, Susana Martinez’s Former Hairstylist, On His Decision Not To Cut New Mexico Governor’s Hair
As long as you are in the preferred group, your “rights” trump others’ rights. Because in 21st Century America, every one is equal–some are just more equal than others.
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